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Gibson Saltillo Star Basket Leather Gun Belt. Hand stamped and handmade in the good ol’ USA.


The credit for this idea goes to a long-time customer.  I happen to love it–thanks, Mike!

This is one of our 1-1/2″ wide, dual-layer (lined) leather gunbelts.  It’s a cool color we call “Saltillo” for the deep red highlights.  This one is hand stamped with the Barry King star basket stamp, one tiny little star at a time.  The border is also a Barry King stamp.  Stitching is heavy white nylon.  The hand-stamped leather keeper is hand finished, and hand molded to fit this belt.  It’s also hand sewn with linen thread in order to avoid a metal staple, which would corrode over time and make a mess of the works.  The edges are beveled by hand, painstakingly dyed by hand, then waxed and burnished to a fine polish.  There are seven (7) adjustment holes spaced 3/4″ apart.  It’s topped off with a heavy, polished solid brass Weaver buckle, and two floral brass Chicago screws.

If you want one of your very own, please feel free to order below.

If you have questions, shoot me an email to, or use the contact form below.

$195.00 plus $12.95 USPS Priority Mail Shipping, Insured with Delivery Confirmation/Tracking.  Total is $207.95  (Florida Orders please contact me for Sales Tax).




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I’m not a website design guru. But, you already knew that.


I’ve been playing with a few different “themes” for the website.  I’m not real kicked in the head with any of ’em.

It would probably help if I knew what I was doing.

There are hundreds of companies and individuals in destitute third-world countries that are willing to help me out.  I know this because they spam me constantly.

Please bear with me–I’ll figure this out, eventually.  I will.

The belt above is one of my double-layer (dual-layer) bonded and stitched natural Hermann Oak gunbelts.  It’s 1-1/2″ wide, and comes with seven holes spaced 3/4″ apart for adjustment.  I like the look of the seven holes, and the functionality of being able to “fine-tune” the fit.  The stitching is heavy nylon for years of hard use.  The keeper is hand-molded, and hand-sewn…there’s no metal staple hidden behind it to corrode down the road.  The edges are hand-beveled, hand-dyed, hand-burnished, polished and waxed.  I’ve got an unhealthy obsession with stitching and edges.  I’ll never get them perfect, but when they haul my ass away, I’ll still be seeking that perfection.  This one’s topped off with solid, heavy, polished brass hardware and two floral engraved solid brass Chicago screws.

As always…handmade in what’s left of the good ol’ USA.

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Spring. The two weeks between too cold and too hot.

Spring cleaning around here, and not many blog posts.  I decided I’d clear everything off my bench, if for no other reason but to verify there was still a bench under all the crap stuff I’d collected.


Around here, it’s cool (sometimes damn cold) through the winter months, then we get a couple weeks of perfect spring-like weather, followed by too many months of just hot and humid as hell.  I love it all.  I do prefer the heat over the cold.

Two belts on the bench this morning.  Both dual-layer/lined premium Hermann Oak leather.  Top one’s a star basket in Natural, and the bottom is a plain Black Cherry.  The lighting’s not great, but if I was a photographer I’d be working for Victoria’s Secret somewhere.

Made in the USA.  Imagine that.

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Busy’s good, but caught-up’s better.

A place for everything, and everything outta place.

I’m a couple weeks out from being “caught-up.”  I am back on schedule after falling behind a couple weeks.  I mentioned in another post that it was the result of some supply issues combined with my own piss-poor ability to gauge my production capabilities.

It’s awesome for the checkbook to be slammed with orders.  Everybody I know would love to be booked-up for weeks in advance.  Except me.

I hate it.

Don’t get me wrong–I love my customers.  It’s tough to say “no.”  I just can’t get a grip on being committed for two months or more at a time.

In a couple of weeks I’ll have all my current orders filled.  Hopefully, with happy customers–those are my favorite kind.  After that, I’m gonna take some time to build what I want.  No more advance orders.  It just doesn’t agree with me.  I’ll be adding items to the “In Stock” section of the website here and there, but I don’t see me taking any more orders.

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Still alive. Just happily busy.


I’m still kickin’, for those of you that have checked in.

It’s been a busy month so far, and I’m running a week or two behind on the week or two behind I was behind a couple weeks ago.  That’s why I hate having a backlog.

If I haven’t contacted you already, I’m about two weeks late on my estimated shipping dates.  And I apologize.  It’s partially due to some supply/hardware backorders, but it’s also partially due to my abundance of enthusiasm in over-estimating my production abilities.  I over-promised, which happens occasionally.

Again, I apologize for the delay, and for those wanting to place orders, I won’t be accepting any new ones. before the first of April.

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Hermann Oak. Since 1881. No, it’s not in China.


This is just a short post of where we get our leather.  It’s from Hermann Oak Leather in St. Louis, Missouri.  Yep…in America, the good ol’ USA.  That’s important to me since my name ultimately winds up on it, and it’s one of the few arenas where we (our government) haven’t allowed the Chinese to screw us.  The saddest part is that we’ve stood by and handed them the keys.  It’s been “consensual” as they say in the legal arena.  Usually in criminal cases.  Hermann Oak’s one of the holdouts.

Hermann Oak has been in the leather business since 1881.  By my math, that makes 2016 their 135th year.  We don’t shop around for our premium oak-tanned belt and holster leather.  It’s all 100% American, all 100% Hermann Oak.  It’s better than the import stuff, and of course, more expensive.  Quality tends to be that way.

Here’s a neat video on a legendary American company.

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Websites, projects and cluttered benches.

A place for everything, and everything outta place.
A place for everything, and everything outta place.

I’ve heard it said, “there’s a method to the madness.”  Seems appropriate.

It’s been a busy month around here so far, and I’m thankful for it.  If you’ve been here before, you’ve likely noticed a lot of changes.  We’re experimenting with “website themes.”  You may have also noticed that when it comes to technology, I really don’t know what the hell I’m doing.

That hasn’t slowed me down.

Most of what’s posted around here is gunleather in some shape or form.  Today, there are a few holsters, quite a few belts, and a couple of workbench and machinery photos.  Fact is, gunleather’s just a small part of what I do.  It’s fun, and I enjoy it–I carry every day, so it’s near & dear you might say.

Among other things, I also make a little rodeo gear, a lot of livestock, pet and cowboy gear, and there’s a few saddles in various stages of progress.  There’s always something “underway.”  That could mean anything from just-started to damn-near done.  As I figure things out, I’ll post it, or list it, and if you like it, we can make it possible for you to own it.

Thanks for stopping by.  I hope you’ll make it a regular visit.

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Mahogany and black. Pretty fine color combination.

Gibson Mahogany gun belt. 1-1/2" wide, lined Hermann Oak leather. Polished brass hardware.  $125.00 plus shipping.
Gibson Mahogany gun belt. 1-1/2″ wide, lined Hermann Oak leather. Polished brass hardware. $150.00 plus shipping.
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Gibson Gun Belt Star Basket BK and TLF. 1.5″ wide in Natural oil finish with border.

This is one of the most popular of the many hand carved, and hand stamped belt designs we produce around here.  This one is the Star Basket BK in a 1-1/2″ width.  It’s hand cut from a side of premium, American tanned Hermann Oak leather.  Each star basket is hand-stamped, one at a time, the entire length of the belt.  Each tiny half flower making up the border is hand-stamped.  That includes the hand-sewn leather keeper.  Nothing is ever embossed.  (Embossing is used in mass-produced factory products where the design is rolled or pressed into the leather with a machine).

The stamping process. By hand, one at a time. “Old school,” and time consuming. That’s what makes it so cool.

The buckle is solid, polished brass.  This one has two floral engraved brass Chicago screws attaching the buckle.

All edges are hand-finished, hand-waxed, and hand-burnished for visual appeal and to minimize the effects of exposure to the environment.

All of my belts have seven (7) adjustment holes spaced 3/4″ apart.  This is both visually appealing, and functional.  The heavy nylon stitching is recessed into a stitch groove to minimize exposure and wear.

Every belt is finished with 100% pure Neatsfoot oil.  Unlike an imported factory, or department store belt, these take a minimum of three (3) days to produce.

And, yes.  I baby ’em every step of the way.

Gibson Star Basket BK with border. Two-ply, hand-stamped American-tanned, Hermann Oak leather, natural oil finish, with heavy white nylon stitching and polished brass hardware. Made in USA.
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Orders closed. That was quick.

If you were sitting on the fence, I apologize.  If you ordered, I appreciate it.  My backlog/wait-list has reached the limit that I’ve set for myself.  Any longer and I lose sleep, throw up blood, and start trying to work 24-hours a day.  Naw, it’s not really that bad.

Gibson Crosscut premium Hermann Oak two-ply gun belts. Black, and Black Cherry, 1.5″ wide with solid brass hardware. $199.00 plus shippng.  Made in the USA.

I like to be booked far enough out to circumvent poverty, but not so slammed that I can’t work on other projects.  Some would call me a lightweight.  Hell, my friends call me worse.

I’m blessed to be busy.  Thank you for all the orders.

I’d best get after it!